The World Is A Vampire tour

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The World Is A Vampire tour
Tour by The Smashing Pumpkins
April 23 in Ballarat, Australia;
Photo by Kerrie Geier
Start date2023-03-04
End date2023-09-09
No. of shows38
No. of cities35
No. of countries4
Supporting artistsJane's Addiction, Interpol, Stone Temple Pilots, Rival Sons, Amyl and the Sniffers, RedHook, Battlesnake, The Warning, Deafheaven, Peter Hook & The Light, Turnstile, National Wrestling Alliance
The Smashing Pumpkins tour chronology

The World Is A Vampire tour was a 2023 worldwide tour by The Smashing Pumpkins and was in support of their twelfth studio album, ATUM: A Rock Opera in Three Acts. Unlike previous tours, this brought more than just music entertainment, but also matches and on-stage routines from the National Wrestling Alliance. The band's lineup again included bass from Jack Bates and backing vocals from Katie Cole, along with the core band members. The lighting for at least the North American leg was provided by Luke Stratton.[1]

The tour began with the The World Is A Vampire Festival, announced with a teaser video on November 22, 2022, and taking place in Mexico City on March 4, 2023.[2] The first dedicated festival by The Smashing Pumpkins, it featured a lineup of Interpol, Peter Hook and the Light, as well as the metal and hardcore outfits Turnstile, Deafheaven, and Mexico's own The Warning. The Smashing Pumpkins' setlist saw the first "Muzzle" since 2019 and the live debuts of "Moss", "Space Age", and "The Good In Goodbye". Their noted cover of Talking Heads "Once in a Lifetime" was again in rotation as it has been heavily since the start of Rock Invasion 2 tour.

On Feburary 1, 2023, the band announced their first return to Australia since 2015 with a 10-date extension of The World Is A Vampire Festival, with opening acts Jane's Addiction[3] and various Australian bands including Amyl and The Sniffers, RedHook and Battlesnake. The first show took place outside Brisbane on April 15 and extended to South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales, before ending on the Gold Coast on April 30. These setlists saw the debut of "Spellbinding" and The Church cover "Under the Milky Way".

The band then took a break from touring between their appearance in Mexico City and then upcoming Australian shows before announcing the North American leg on the Howard Stern Show on March 28, in conjunction with announcing "Spellbinding" as the second single from ATUM. The North American leg began with a two-night run at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas on July 28 and July 30. The tour extended to August 11 with opening acts Stone Temple Pilots and Rival Sons, before Interpol rejoined as an opener, replacing Stone Temple Pilots. The setlist from the North American leg brought the live debuts of "Purple Blood" and the notably heavy rendition of Manfred Mann's "Hubble Bubble (Toil and Trouble)". The band also returned some beloved songs into rotation, such as "Jellybelly" (not played since 1997) and "Doomsday Clock" (not played since 2008). The Cincinnati, OH and Clarkston, MI shows were notable as being the only two on the tour to feature "Siva" and "Rocket" on their setlists, though the latter show had to end early due to severe weather. The 27 dates ended on September 9 in Noblesville, Indiana.

European and American extensions to the tour were confirmed for 2024.



Songs performed

Song Shows Cover
Song Shows Cover
Bullet with Butterfly Wings 38 (original)
Today 38 (original)
Atum (song) 38 (original)
Once in a Lifetime 38 Talking Heads
Ava Adore 38 (original)
Zero 38 (original)
Tonight, Tonight 38 (original)
Empires 37 (original)
Beguiled 37 (original)
1979 37 (original)
Spellbinding 37 (original)
Cherub Rock 36 (original)
The Everlasting Gaze 27 (original)
Jellybelly 27 (original)
Hubble Bubble (Toil and Trouble) 27 Manfred Mann
This Time 27 (original)
Purple Blood 27 (original)
The Celestials 27 (original)
Disarm 27 (original)
Perfect 27 (original)
Doomsday Clock 27 (original)
Hummer 26 (original)
Silverfuck 11 (original)
Solara 11 (original)
Eye 11 (original)
We Only Come Out at Night 10 (original)
Under the Milky Way 10 The Church
Space Age 4 (original)
Chicken Salt Rap 3 (original)
Stand Inside Your Love 3 (original)
Siva 2 (original)
Rocket 2 (original)
Kill Your Parents 1 (original)
The Good In Goodbye 1 (original)
Cyr (song) 1 (original)
Moss 1 (original)
Muzzle 1 (original)
No Love Lost 1 Joy Division
Love Gun 1 Kiss

Songs teased

Song Shows Cover
Song Shows Cover
Love Gun 34 Kiss
Hot for Teacher 7 Van Halen
You're the Voice 4 John Farnham
Panama 4 Van Halen
Rhinoceros 4 (original)
Thunderstruck 3 AC/DC
Whole Lotta Rosie 3 AC/DC
The Joker 3 Steve Miller Band
Ain't Talkin' 'bout Love 3 Van Halen
Heartbreaker 2 Led Zeppelin
Round and Round 2 Ratt
Country Death Song 2 Violent Femmes
Calling Dr. Love 2 KISS
I Wanna Rock 2 Twisted Sister
Sex Type Thing 2 Stone Temple Pilots
Mountain Song 2 Jane's Addiction
Photograph (Def Leppard song) 1 Def Leppard
Money 1 Pink Floyd
Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2) 1 Pink Floyd
Wish You Were Here 1 Pink Floyd
Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun 1 Pink Floyd
Limelight 1 Rush
The End 1 The Doors
Talk Dirty to Me 1 Poison
Crazy Train 1 Ozzy Osbourne
Symphony of Destruction (Megadeth song) 1 Megadeth
Deuce 1 Kiss
Zero 1 (original)
Would? 1 Alice in Chains
We Die Young 1 Alice in Chains
Alive 1 Pearl Jam
Jeremy 1 Pearl Jam
Come As You Are 1 Nirvana
The Tide Is High 1 Blondie
Five to One 1 The Doors
Since You Been Gone 1 Russ Ballard
Rock And Roll All Nite 1 KISS
La Grange 1 ZZ Top
If I Were a Carpenter 1 Tim Hardin
Age of Consent 1 Joy Division
Who Knows 1 Jimi Hendrix
Foxy Lady 1 Jimi Hendrix
Manic Depression 1 Jimi Hendrix
Bridge of Sighs 1 Robin Trower
You Really Got Me 1 The Kinks
Sweet Home Alabama 1 Lynyrd Skynyrd
Welcome to the Jungle 1 Guns N' Roses
I Got You (I Feel Good) 1 James Brown
Seek & Destroy 1 Metallica
X.Y.U. 1 (original)
Space Oddity 1 Davie Bowie
Geek U.S.A. 1 (original)
My Own Worst Enemy 1 Lit


References[edit | edit source]

  4. "Smashing Pumpkins Announce "The World is a Vampire Tour" with Interpol and Stone Temple Pilots". Consequence. March 28, 2023. Retrieved August 16, 2023.